Many vegetables and fruits can be preserved by pickling. This page contains watermelon pickle recipes.
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Remove outside rind and trim, leaving enough of the red to look attractive. Cut into strips or chunks and cook in salted water for 15-20 minutes.
Make syrup as follows: Boil all ingredients together for 3 minutes. Add drained rinds. Cook until rinds are moderately soft, 10-15 minutes, depending on size of pieces. Place in sterile jars and seal.
By Robin from Washington, IA
Trim the green skin and most of the pink meat from the rind of a large watermelon. Cut in strips about 1 inch wide and 3 inches long. Soak overnight in salt water to cover. Use 4 tsp. salt for each quart of water.
Cover with fresh water and cook until tender. Drain well. Put cloves, cinnamon, and mustard seed in a cheesecloth bag and add to sugar and vinegar. Bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let stand for 15 minutes. Add well drained watermelon pieces, and cook gently until clear and transparent (about 10 minutes). Pack at once in sterilized jars.
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I need recipe for Watermelon Pickles.
Nasrin from Ithaca, NY
Here in the south, we make sweet watermelon preserves. If this is what you want, keep your rinds refrigerated until ready to use. Cut your watermelon rind into 2" wide strips crosswise and remove the green peel by laying it on its side so you are cutting down on it. Remove 99.9% of the pink flesh. Cut the prepared strips into 2" squares and place in a stainless steel roaster. (If you like lemon (I don't) add a sliced unpeeled lemon now.) If you are using a large watermelon you will need the roaster volume, plus the area to evaporate the syrup quickly. Use a fresh bag of sugar from the store (less humidity) and liberally cover the rind with the sugar; pour it on until you have about a 1" layer of just sugar. Add about 1 TBLS white karo syrup. Refrigerate overnight.
If you want the kind made with vinegar, refer to the Ball Blue Book.
Hi, I got this from "Living on a dime" newsletter, This is the first time I have heard of them nor have not tried this. Maybe it is what you are looking for:
Put watermelon cubes in a large pot with enough salted water to cover. Soak overnight. Drain. Cover with fresh, cold water and bring to a boil. Cook over low heat until tender. Drain. In another large pot, combine sugar, vinegar and water. Tie cloves, allspice, cinnamon and lemon in a cheesecloth bag. Add to sugar mixture and stir over medium heat until mixture boils. Boil 5 minutes. Add watermelon cubes and simmer until translucent, about 15 minutes. Remove spice bag and pack pickles in hot, sterilized jars. Refrigerate 2 weeks before using.
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Pickled Watermelon Rind
5 lbs. watermelon rind
2-1/2 lbs. sugar (2 cups = 1 lb.)
Pare the rind and cut into 2 pieces. Mix salt and water and soak rind overnight. Drain and rinse in clear water. Drain again.
Cook in fresh water until tender but not soft; drain.
Combine sugar, vinegar, 2 cups water, and spices. Bring the syrup to a boil and pour over the rind.
Let stand overnight.
In the morning, drain off the syrup and cook for several minutes. Repeat for 3 days.
On the last day, cook syrup and rind together for 3 minutes.
Bottle in sterile screw/snap lid jars
If oil of spices is used, fruit remains clear.
Makes 6 pints
Can someone tell me the freezer method? My gram in Bay St Louis made them and I would like to make them for my kids. Thank you.